Women's lacrosse loses lead, falls in overtime to Cardinals

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Maddie Hatch had two goals, an assist, six draw controls, and four ground balls for the No. 19 Colby College women's lacrosse team in a tough 12-11 overtime loss to 12th-ranked Wesleyan University on Saturday.

Colby had taken an 8-7 overtime win against the Cardinals last year at home in a NESCAC quarterfinal game on the way to winning the league title.
 
By the numbers
* Emma Banks, Kendall Smith, and Sasha Fritts all had two goals for Colby. Taylor Moore, Grace Crowell, and Robyn Pirie also had goals. 
 
* Crowell (pictured) had four draw controls, while defender Jackie Brokaw had four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Merritt Davie and Gwen Geisler both had two ground balls and one caused turnover.
 
* Izzy Scribano stopped nine shots for the Mules. Allegra Grant made 12 saves for Wesleyan.
 
* Caitlin Wood, Abigail Horst, and Abby Manning all had three goals for the Cardinals. 
 
Game highlights
* Colby got off to a great start, scoring three goals in the opening 3:49 of play from Pirie, Moore, and Banks.
 
* The Mules took a 6-3 lead after Smith scored with 5:01 to halftime. Wesleyan, though, received a big goal from Manning with 26 seconds remaining.
 
* The Cardinals (7-2 overall, 3-1 NESCAC) used that momentum to score three of the opening four goals of the second half to take an 8-7 margin. 
 
* Colby (5-4 overall, 1-4 NESCAC) settled down and went on 3-0 scoring run of its own to go up 10-8 with 7:36 to play. Crowell, Hatch, and Fritts had the goals.
 
* The Cardinals cut the lead to 10-9 on a score by Horst, but the Mules' Fritts scored with 2:23 remaining for an 11-9 margin.
 
* Wood cut the lead to one with 42 seconds left on an unassisted goal. After winning the draw control, Wood drew a free-position shot with nine seconds left and tied the game at 11-11. Manning scored unassisted with 54 seconds left in overtime.
 
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